Clemson Football Fandom By: Madison allen

Overview: My Fandom, Team Rituals, Cognitive Dissonance and Fundamental Attribution Error, and Parasocial Interaction

Fan of Sport

My Favorite Trios

Clemson Actual Interaction and Active Participant in the Fan Experience

Clemson Athletic Marketing Department

TEAM RITUALS

Means by which myths are enacted or performed (p. 95, text).

Examples of Rituals

Team Rituals can provide a great sense of belonging to an identity/group. Here we can also see how sports can be equated as religion.

Sport as religion“brings individuals into community with one another in a ritualistic fashion.” (p. 77)

COGNITIVE DISSONANCE AND FUNDAMENTAL ATTRIBUTION ERROR

These two theories can be exemplified in the National Championship game.

When we see this video, we, as Clemson Fans, instantly get riled up. We attribute others’ poor behavior to dispositional factors. 40s

However, when we see Boulware's rough shot we attribute the poor behavior to situational factors. Such as: "It was an intense game, we were just trying to win." This can be connected to cognitive dissonance. We love our team so in our minds they are "good" so even when they have bad behavior we find an excuse for the behavior. 32s

PARASOCIAL INTERACTION

Parasocial Interaction describes relationship between media consumers/users and media personality. Clemson fans thrive on this interaction.
The Clemson Football players also do a great job in bridge parasocial interaction and create actual social relationships.
Recap: In Clemson Football we can witness: Team Rituals, Cognitive Dissonance / Fundamental Attribution Error, and Parasocial Interactions.

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